Janet Lee

Janet Lee
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

TLC 3/28/1997 Lie - that 1995 was the start date for the partition installation mandate


221 West 41st Street

New York, New York 10036-7208

(212) 840-4520



March 28, 1997

Mr. Steven Warren Crowell
4706 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70119

Dear Mr. Crowell,

I am in receipt of your recent e-mail and wish to inform you that I did indeed write back after your first communique’. Be that as it may, let’s consider this a fresh start. I think the best way to proceed, given the structure of your information request, would be to respond to the questions in order.
The partition was first required for non-individually owned and operated taxicabs approximately two years ago (March 95). Independently-owned taxicabs are not required to have the partitions and their owners may install and remove them as they see fit.
The time of the partition mandate was prior to my administration of this agency, but I do not believe we were in receipt of the letters you mention.
No, the partition mandate was never withdrawn and has remained consistent
Yes, I believe our Legal Department is knowledgeable in all areas of legal standards for such devices.
This is a difficult question to answer. If you are asking how many crimes-in-progress were specifically thwarted by the partition, I am afraid I do not have such an answer. However, seeing as though there has been a single murder of a New York City taxicab driver in the last three years, I think it is quite safe to say that the partition has been a successful deterrent to crime. Of course, it is also true to state that this deterrent was supplemented by the trouble light, and the overall 40%-plus reduction in crime across the City of New York, thanks to the initiatives of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

MARCH 28, 1997

Yes, we are well aware of the potential dangers of passengers not wearing their seat belts hitting partitions in short-stop circumstances. In fact, we are currently in the process of mandating that each cab's Talking Taxi box include a message reminding passengers to buckle up. We are confident that this Will raise seat belt awareness and use, and significantly reduce this potential danger.

On the matter of utilizing your services as a consultant in the area of partition safety, while I must say that there are no openings for such additions to my staff, or even a budget for outside consultants, my mind is open. If you have any materials you would like me to review, please feel free to forward them. I will accept them with the City's gratitude.

Thank you for writing. Please feel free to do so again, if we can be of any assistance, or if there is any information of a specific nature you may wish to share with us.


Diane McGrath-McKechnie
New York City
Taxi and Limousine Commission

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